Kincaid gives aid at Opp

Published 12:24 am Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Opp sophomore running back Quadir Kincaid is just one of many who has contributed to the Bobcats’ success this season.

Kincaid, who is 5-foot-8 and weighs 141 pounds, has 79 carries for 586 yards so far this season. He averages 7.42 yards per rush.

Kincaid, along with Richard Davis and Josh Scarbrough, are part of an offensive tandem that continues to make plays for the Bobcats (5-4, 5-2 in Class 4A, Region 2).

For Kincaid, playing football all started when he was in the Tiny Mite league.

“I just love football and I started playing football when I was 7 in the tiny mite and pewee leagues,” Kincaid said. “I didn’t want to play football, but my uncle Winston Earl made me. It’s an enjoyable sport.”

Kincaid said the reason why he likes football is because it is a physical game.

“I like running and hitting people,” he said. “I like it because I get to have time with my friends.”

Kincaid said his most memorable moment playing football came in a game for his middle school team.

“When I was in middle school I played against Neal and I broke down the sideline for a touchdown from their 35-yard line,” Kincaid said. “I knew I could outrun everybody and I had an advantage over people.

“When we played in middle school we beat this one team, which made our record 4-3 and we had a winning season,” he added.

Since the start of the season, Opp coach Jack Whigham has stressed the importance of playing as a team no matter what. Kincaid said this philosophy has helped him both as a player and as a person.

“It’s helped me run the ball a lot better,” he said. “It’s helped me encourage people to do the right things.”

Kincaid said he looks up to senior linebacker Chris Carlton on the team because of his leadership.

“He helps me out when I don’t know things on defense,” Kincaid said. “I help him out when he doesn’t know things on offense.”

Kincaid’s pre-game ritual includes seclusion and making sure he knows what he will do on the field.

“Usually I just chill in the corner of the locker room by myself and go over all the plays I have to do,” he said. “I think about all my assignments and get in the zone to be able to play the game.”

Whigham said that Kincaid is a useful player on the team because he gives the Bobcats flexibility and leadership beyond his years.

“He’s an asset because he can play several different positions for us,” Whigham said. “(He can play) both at fullback and tailback. Even though he’s a 10th grader, he’s shown lot of leadership in the weight room.

“He doesn’t know but one speed and that’s full speed,” he said.

Kincaid is the son of Cynthia Thompson and Robert Kincaid.